Celebrated the last full week of September each year, National Dog Week dates all the way back to 1928. What does this mean for you? Nothing. This week isn’t about you, it is all about dogs. Get your leashes, harnesses, treats and toys ready for a weeklong celebration of all things dog. While you love on your cuddly best friend, don’t forget about the less-fortunate four-legged angels looking for forever homes. The purpose of National Dog Week is twofold — pay homage to the pups that enrich your life by showing responsible pet ownership and do your part to help dogs in need. We’ll help you make the most of National Dog Week.

Here are some suggestions for National Dog Week:

Pamper Your Pooch
Not all dogs enjoy a trip to the groomer, but most dogs enjoy a good brushing. Making sure your dog’s nails are trimmed, ears are clean, and bathing them regularly will keep your 4-legged friends more comfortable. While it’s not good to let your dog get everything he wants all the time, there’s nothing wrong with giving him some extra love or special something to celebrate. Massaging your dog or just giving him some extra cuddles might be a wonderful way to show him your appreciation in honor of National Dog Week.

Got Treats?
Pick up some of your dog’s favorite treats from your local store.

Play Time/Visit the Park

Play time with your dog is important. Whether it’s playing a game of fetch or just running around the yard together, your dogs will appreciate the quality time with you and also get some needed exercise. Take a hike, take extra-long walks, play games like fetch or hide-and-go seek, and go for a scenic fall drive. Whatever your pooch loves to do, indulge him and have fun together!  Visit the dog park-if you’re lucky enough to have a dog park in your community; this is a great way to keep your dog social, active, and happy. It’s even a great way for dog moms and dads to socialize.

Go have some fun. Learn something new. Whether it’s practicing basic obedience cues in fun ways or doing an agility class, pairing physical and mental stimulation to reinforce behaviors you want from your dog or teach awesome tricks is a great way to bond with your dog.

Adopt a shelter dog or rescue dog.  There are many dogs in our shelters and because of overpopulation. Foster a rescue dog. You are making space so the rescue/shelter can take in another animal and you are helping provide a stable home for the foster animal. Consider making a huge difference in the life of a dog (or even a cat!) by fostering or adopting.

Spay or neuter your dog. If you got a puppy or kitten earlier this year and haven’t done this yet, please do! As we’ve already discussed, pet overpopulation is a huge issue in our world, and not only will it make a difference in this regard, it will also make for a healthier, happier pet! Dogs that have been altered are far less likely to escape, roam and get hurt or hurt others, and it prevents reproductive organ cancers and disease. It’s the law in Mesquite.



Light a Candle

Remember Me Thursday, September 27, 2018


Animal-lovers and animal welfare organizations across the globe will unite on Thursday, September 27, 2018 (the fourth Thursday of September, annually) with a Remember Me Thursday™ pet candle-lighting ceremony. The candles, lit on the exact same day across the world, will honor the millions of pets who lost their lives without the benefit of a loving home and shine a light on the millions of healthy pets who are still awaiting adoption. The Remember Me Thursday global awareness campaign encourages individuals to light a candle this day (literally or virtually) and to opt to adopt, spay and neuter your dogs and cats thus reducing the millions of orphan pets each year.

By lighting a candle on Remember Me Thursday, September 27, 2018 , you are remembering those pets that have lost their lives but you are also shining a light on orphan pets in need of homes right now.

Be a Part of the Remember Me Thursday Awareness Movement


Featured Dog- Pharaoh

Pharaoh’s owners could no longer keep him. He has had a rough few weeks needing surgery on an abscess on the side of his face/ear. He is doing well from that surgery. He will have eye surgery on 9/ 24 to correct a problem with his eyelashes rubbing his eyes. He is a gentle dog although strong. He likes to run up and down the fence playing with dog in the other yard. He knows basic commands and likes being with people.

Other available dogs

Zeus- pit bull terrier/bull terrier. 8 months . High energy. Needs training

Bentley- pit bull terrier 8 months. Very high energy. No other dogs please.

Bruno- pit bull terrier Big boy. Doing well with manners, needs lots of exercise No other dogs please.

Hollly- husky Friendly and loves to play with toys. Knows basic commands


Featured cat- Carmex

Carmex was found in a trap. She was someone’s cat but no one has called or come looking for her. She is a very nice lady. she is calm and quiet but shy. She will come when called and likes to be held and have her long hair brushed.

Paris- likes watching the world go by. Special diet

Mr. Whiskers- friendly and quiet.

Sissy-loves toys and will come when called.

Katy- very calm and quiet

Toffee- high energy kitten about 7 months old. Beautiful colors

Jazzy- owner could no longer keep. 15 years old Loves being petted. NO OTHER CATS

Sunny- Orange kitten still to young for adoption so he is in foster care until he is big enough to come to the shelter.


All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive a rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximate.


The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter located at 795 Hardy Way is open for adoptions from 11am until 1 pm, Monday through Saturday, Sunday 1pm -3pm. Please call 702-346-7415 during these hours to speak to the front desk. Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at 702-346-5268 

The animals submitted to the media may have changed so please visit our Petfinder website for a current listing and more detailed information on the animals. www.mesquiteanimalshelter.petfinder.com

Please also check our Facebook pages for lost and found animals along with pet information. https://www.facebook.com/MesquiteNVAnimalControl  and https://www.facebook.com/FRIENDSOFMESQUITENVANIMALSHELTER